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  • Harris, Albert W.

    Published by [Chicago, 1958

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    265,[1]pp. plus plates. Pictorial cloth. Very good. A reprint, after the original edition of 1911, of a scarce privately printed latter- day overland describing a five-month journey in a Conestoga wagon from Los Angeles to Wisconsin in 1910. The author, a Chicago banker, was one of the first 20th century recreators of the Old West, and this narrative is interesting for the trip itself and as an evocation of the pioneer experience. HOWES H221 ("aa"). TRAIN TO PLANE 57.

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  • Schuyler, Montgomery

    Published by New York, 1906

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    198pp. plus plates and advertisements. Frontis. Cloth, pictorial onlay. Bit rubbed. A very good copy. Account of the first trip of this railway from Chicago to San Francisco and back, including material on the Mormons and San Francisco. FLAKE 7591.

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  • Buck, Solon J.

    Published by Chicago, 1918

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    xxvi,362pp. plus illus. and folding map. Frontis. Original gilt cloth. Some edge wear, scattered foxing, else very good. Inscribed by author/historian Carl [Van Doren] to his brother Frank. Portrait of the state during the year of its admission to the Union, including sections on Indians and the fur trade, settlement, politics, economy, etc.

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  • Burlend, Rebecca]: Quaife, Milo, editor

    Published by The Lakeside Press R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co., Chicago, 1936

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    xxxi,167,[8]pp. plus frontispiece portrait, two plates, and one folding map. 12mo. Original dark red cloth, spine gilt, front board gilt-ruled with gilt-stamped publisher's logo center, t.e.g., publisher's card laid in. Spine slightly faded, interior entirely clean and unmarked. A near fine copy. Lakeside Press reprint of the original, which was published anonymously in 1848. This edition is the first to be printed with the author's name and is the first American edition; it also includes an introduction by historian Milo Quaife. This is number thirty- four in the Lakeside Classics series. Burlend's tale primarily describes her family's trials in the early years of settlement in Pike County, Illinois. Burlend was a fairly poor woman from rural Yorkshire, England, who came to America in hopes of improving her lot in life. Her tale was written primarily for an English audience who were considering emigration themselves, and was initially published in London. HOWES B992. GRAFF 490 (ref).

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  • Cadillac, Antoine Lamothe: Liette, Pierre: Quaife, Milo, editor

    Published by The Lakeside Press R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co., Chicago, 1947

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    xxx,181,[4]pp., plus one plate. Frontispiece map. 12mo. Original dark red cloth, spine gilt, front board gilt-ruled with gilt-stamped publisher's logo, t.e.g. Spine lightly faded. Interior clean and bright; text block warped along bottom edge. Very good. Lakeside Press edition of two 17th century memoirs, both dedicated to describing the indigenous peoples of North America. This is number forty-five in the Lakeside Classics series. Cadillac, the key figure in the founding of Detroit in 1701, attempts to draw a comprehensive picture of the tribes living in the Great Lakes and upper Mississippi Valley regions. Liette's memoirs focus specifically on the Illinois Indians, and were first published in English in Volume XXIII of the Illinois Historical Collections as "Memoir of De Gannes Concerning the Illinois Country," due to the copyist (De Gannes)'s signature at the end of the original manuscript. This is the first publication of Liette's memoirs under his own name. HOWES M284 (ref).

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  • Foster, J.W.

    Published by Chicago, 1869

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    xvi,443pp. plus maps. Illus. Tables, maps. Large octavo. Spine gilt extra. Pebbled cloth. Corners bumped and worn, bookplate messily removed, else very nice and clean. Extensive study of the climate, topography and vegetation of the Mississippi Valley, with notes as well on Mound-builders, Indians of the area, etc. SABIN 25245.

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  • Salmons, C.H.

    Published by Aurora, Il, 1889

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    480pp. plus plates. Portraits. Illus. Gilt pictorial cloth. Edgeworn, hinges cracked. A good, sound copy. Fifth edition. An important strike in the progress of labor relations in the U.S. This strike paralyzed the Burlington system in 1888, frequently escalating into violence.

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM2567

  • Brush, Daniel Harmon: Quaife, Milo, editor

    Published by The Lakeside Press R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co., Chicago, 1944

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    xxxii,265,[6]pp., including map. Portrait. 12mo. Original dark red cloth, spine gilt, front board gilt-ruled with gilt- stamped publisher's logo center, t.e.g. Spine slightly faded, otherwise nearly free of wear. Interior unmarked; no toning. Publisher's card and tissue guard laid in. Near fine. Brush migrated from New York to southern Illinois in 1820 and eventually became a prosperous businessman and leading citizen. This is the first publication of his personal memoirs, which Quaife collected, pared down, and thoroughly edited in order to produce a coherent narrative. This is number forty-two in the Lakeside Classics series.

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  • Spencer, J.W.: Burrows, J.M.D.: Quaife, Milo, editor

    Published by The Lakeside Press R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co., Chicago, 1942

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    xix,313pp. including frontispiece portrait and two other portraits. 12mo. Original dark red cloth, spine gilt, front board gilt-ruled with gilt-stamped publisher's logo center, t.e.g., publisher's card laid in. Spine slightly faded. Missing final blanks. Near fine. This Lakeside Press edition collects and reprints two 19th century settler narratives printed in Iowa, along with footnotes and introduction by editor and historian Milo Quaife. This is number forty-two in the Lakeside Classics series. Spencer was a Vermont native who moved to Illinois in 1820, where he eventually became a judge. His narrative deals primarily with the Black Hawk War, but also sheds much light on the early settlers of Illinois. "Interesting reminiscences of life in sparsely settled Illinois and along the Mississippi in the Twenties and until the end of the Black Hawk War in 1832" - Streeter. "Especially important for his view of the Black Hawk War - he being sympathetic toward Black Hawk" - Graff. Burrows' narrative is more personal in nature; he relates life as one of the earliest settlers and foremost businessmen of Davenport, Iowa in significant detail. It is particularly noteworthy for its descriptions of how business was conducted at that time and place. "One of the best books of pioneer reminiscences" - Mott. HOWES S834, "a." STREETER SALE 1515 (ref). GRAFF 3929 (ref). MOTT p.84 (ref).

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  • Edgar, William C.

    Published by Minneapolis, 1926

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    340pp. Portraits. Plates. Gilt cloth. Near fine. Massachusetts to Chicago by covered wagon in 1838, Illinois outlaws, hunting and fishing trips, early western railroads, the Civil War, freight and shipping business in post- war years, travels in the post-war South, brother Stephen's California experiences, and success at last. DECKER 40:228.

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM6136

  • Whitlock, Brand

    Published by Paris, 1917

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    [9],350,[5]pp. Illus. Original printed wrappers. Front wrapper detached, bottom margin torn with loss. Else good. First French edition. Includes material regarding Ohio, Illinois, Lincoln, Debs Rebellion, football, social life and customs, etc.

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM15303

  • Ford, Thomas: Quaife, Milo, editor

    Published by Lakeside Press R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co., Chicago, 1945

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    Two volumes. liv,373,[4]pp. plus portrait, two plates, and two folding maps; xi,371pp. plus frontispiece and one plate. 12mo. Original dark red cloth, spine gilt, front boards gilt-ruled with gilt-stamped publisher's logo center, t.e.g. Spines slightly faded. Near fine. Lakeside Press reprint of Governor Ford's history of the state of Illinois, with introduction by historian Milo Quaife. Ford was the state's governor from 1842 to 1846, and is now primarily remembered for his harsh criticisms of and conflicts with the Mormons in his state. During his tenure, Joseph Smith and his brother were arrested on charges of treason and murdered while in custody. This edition is number forty-three in the Lakeside Classics series. BYRD 2105 (note). HOWES F254 (ref). GRAFF 1380 (ref). FLAKE 3307 (ref).

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM56936

  • Kendall, John]

    Published by Printed and Published for Private Circulation, [Nottingham, 1896

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    [8],292pp. plus numerous half-tone illustrations. Quarto. Original gilt decorated cloth. Light wear to extremities, faint soiling to titlepage, insect damage to front pastedown. Good plus. Kendall's account includes descriptions of his travels from New York to Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, Virginia, New Orleans, Chicago, Buffalo and Boston, well-illustrated with half-tones. He also had an interview with President Cleveland. The section concerning Chicago includes a description of Union Stock Yards. Not in Clark nor the NUC.

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM18874

  • 248pp. 4 plates. Quarto. Cloth. Near fine. An early Arthur Clark Co. production. The first publication of the author's narrative of life in Birkbeck's Illinois colony, and his trip there. "In his travels for Birkbeck to encourage new emigrants, he often took the opportunity to make frank and pointed comments on society, manners, and morals, as well as careful observations of the face of the country and industrial conditions" - Clark & Brunet. HOWES F257. CLARK II:29. CLARK & BRUNET 85.

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM12313

  • Brainerd, C.N.

    Published by New York, 1868

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    45pp. Original printed wrappers. Chipped and torn along spine, else very good. A day-by-day account of Brainerd's trip from New York across the Mississippi by steamer and train, including descriptions of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Indiana, and Illinois, with much on the cities he stayed in and the sites he visited. SABIN 7337.

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM20256

  • Boggess, Arthur Clinton

    Published by Chicago, 1908

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    267pp. plus maps. Folding map in rear pocket. Cloth, printed paper spine labels. Rubbed, front hinge tender. Very good, unopened. Includes an extensive bibliography.

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM7790

  • Mandat-Grancey, Baron E. De

    Published by Paris, 1903

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    vii,[1],278,[1]pp. plus plates. Original printed wrappers. Wrappers darkened, dust soiled and bit chipped at edges. Contents tanned. Good. Third edition. Covers the rest of the American travels of the author of DANS LES MONTAGNES ROCHEUSES, LA BRECHE AUX BUFFLES. Mostly devoted to American society and travels in the East, but contains a long account of the author's visit to the Chicago stockyards.

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    viii,[9]-299pp. Portrait, engraved title. Decorated cloth, spine gilt extra. Cloth spotted and faded, edgeworn, some minor scattered foxing, a few leaves creased. A good, sound copy. Portraits of Black Hawk, the West, and the massacre at Chicago, drawn in verse.

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM2988

  • Tillson, Christiana Holmes: Quaife, Milo, editor

    Published by The Lakeside Press R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co., Chicago, 1919

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    [2],xxi,169,[4]pp. plus frontispiece portrait with printed tissue guard and one plate. 12mo. Original dark green cloth, spine gilt, front board gilt-ruled with gilt-stamped publisher's logo center, t.e.g. Ex-library, with deaccession stamps and glue residue from removed bookplate on front pastedown with some offsetting on front free endpaper. Occasional ink stains, mostly in the margins. Minor shelf wear. Good. Lakeside Press reprint of this otherwise rare work recording the story of an early pioneer woman and her family on the Illinois frontier. Number seventeen in the Lakeside Classics series. Christiana Tillson travelled from Boston to Illinois in 1822 to join her new husband John, passing through Wheeling, Zanesville, and Chillicothe, Ohio before eventually trekking down the Ohio River to Shawneetown, Illinois. Mrs. Tillson's narrative, which she recorded for posterity towards the end of her life, contains much local and regional color on Montgomery County in the years immediately following the family's arrival, from the point of view of a relatively well- to-do New Englander moving out West. She intended that her story provide instruction and entertainment for her youngest daughter, who was too young to remember their life on the western frontier of the country. "An intimate and valuable account of life and travels in southern Illinois, 1819-27" - Buck. HOWES T268. GRAFF 4152 (ref). BUCK 155 (ref).

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  • Seller image for THE MORMON MENACE A DISCOURSE BEFORE THE NEW WEST EDUCATION COMMISSION ON ITS FIFTH ANNIVERSARY AT CHICAGO NOVEMBER 15 1885 for sale by William Reese Company - Americana

    Phillips, George Whitfield

    Published by Worcester, Ma, 1885

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    16pp. Original printed blue wrappers. Edges chipped and soiled, front wrapper tearing near lower spine. Interior tanned and slightly foxed, dampstain to outer corners. Yale University Library stamp and accession note on rear wrapper. Good. A vehement argument against Mormonism in the "New West." Phillips is most affronted by "the poison of polygamy," but also cites Mormonism's evangelical nature, the focus of other Christian mission work abroad, the impression it may give immigrants of Christianity in general, and "its intense disloyalty to the federal government" as cause for concern. "Like a malarious marshy region that must be ditched to relieve it of its stagnant water before people can fix their homes there and live, so every spot tainted with the presence of Mormonism needs the timely improvement of the Christian school before it is fit for a home for any one." Organized in 1880 and headquartered in Chicago, the New West Education Commission was established to promote the Congregationalist religious and social traditions in the western states. It operated from 1880 until 1893, when it merged with the Congregational Education Society. FLAKE 6369.

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM57130

  • Bonney, Edward

    Published by W.B. Conkey Company, Chicago, 1890

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    248,[4]pp. Original printed pictorial wrappers. Front cover detached and heavily chipped. Spine and rear cover chipped. Titlepage detached, first few leaves chipped. Fair. A later printing of one of the rarest of outlaw narratives, first printed in Chicago in 1850. The author describes the doings of various murderers and thieves in Iowa and Illinois and along the Mississippi in the 1840s. Some of the culprits Bonney asserted to be Mormons, or at least sheltered by the Mormons at Nauvoo. He was involved in tracking down and bringing the malefactors to justice, and played an intimate part in the whole proceeding. This edition, printed by the W.B. Conkey Company, was a cheap pulp edition (often called a butcher-boy edition) intended for sale on trains and is by nature, ephemeral. ADAMS SIX-GUNS 112. FLAKE 590. HOWES B606.

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM46595

  • Rand, McNally & Co.]

    Published by Chicago, 1888

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    Large colored folding map. Extracted from covers, else about fine. A large and detailed map of the rail lines from Chicago extending to just west of the Wyoming border, north to the 45th parallel, and south to just below the 38th. The routes of eighteen different railroads are marked in colors, at a scale of twenty-two miles to the inch.

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM4285

  • Chicago Westerners]

    Published by Chicago, 1946

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    144 issues (many duplicates), as noted below. Quarto. Mimeographed and printed self- wrappers, stapled. Very good. Many addressed to Herbert Brayer. Includes the following numbers: II:11-12 (double number); III:5; V:3; VI:1,2,4- 12,index; VII:1-12; VIII:1-3,8-12; IX:1-3,8- 12; X:1-12; XI:1-5,7-9,index; XII:3,10; XIII:6,9,11; XIV:3-12,index; XV:1-12,index; XVI:1- 5. As stated above, many duplicates.

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM2664

  • Chicago]

    Published by Fergus Printing Company, Chicago, 1876

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    68,[2]pp. Original printed wrappers. Spine worn, front wrapper loose. Internally clean. Very good. A reprint of the first Chicago business directory, with a history of the publication of that directory included in the introduction.

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  • Birkbeck, Morris: Blane, William Newnham: Schoolcraft, Henry R.: Quaife, Milo, editor

    Published by The Lakeside Press R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co., Chicago, 1918

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    [2],xxiv,186,[4]pp. plus portrait with printed tissue guard. 12mo. Original dark green cloth, spine gilt, front board gilt-ruled with gilt-stamped publisher's logo center, t.e.g. Light shelf wear, rear board lightly rubbed. Ex-library, with glue residue and scratched out pen signature on front pastedown, deaccession stamp on front flyleaf; interior otherwise unmarked. Very good. This Lakeside Press edition contains excerpts from three early travel narratives related to Illinois, selected and introduced by historian Milo Quaife. This is number sixteen in the Lakeside Classics series. Morris Birkbeck was an English immigrant who traveled from Virginia overland to Illinois by way of D.C., Pittsburgh, and Cincinnati. The included excerpt begins with his arrival in the state and his detailed observations on the social and economic conditions of the time. Buck describes Birkbeck as "a keen observer and a good writer," and his account as "a valuable contribution to our knowledge of frontier people and conditions." William Blane was another English visitor who traveled through the U.S. and Canada from 1822-1823. After arriving in New York City in the midst of a Yellow Fever epidemic, he proceeded to the west until he reached Birkbeck's English settlement. The excerpt at hand begins here and follows his unsuccessful attempt to find passage up the Mississippi River, his travels across Illinois to visit St. Louis, and eventual road back east through Indiana. Henry R. Schoolcraft, known for his writings on Native American cultures, undertook a journey from St. Louis to Chicago in the early 1820s. The excerpt in this case describes the part of that journey which was in Illinois, along with a first-hand account of the Chicago Treaty of 1821, the result of which was the transfer of nearly four million acres of land in the Great Lakes region to U.S. control. "The narrative is interesting and important, especially with reference to the Indians" - Buck. BUCK 95, 171, 175 (refs).

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    459,[5]pp. Contemporary black cloth, paper label. Minute shelf wear. Very good. Bookplate of noted Americana collector Frank Cutter Deering on front pastedown. Later edition, after the first of 1852. "For his history of the early French communities and the settlement of the American Bottom, Reynolds relied on early pioneers still living" - Streeter. An important early history by a governor of the state. HOWES R237. BYRD 1882. STREETER SALE 1502 (ref).

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM31529

  • 5-256pp., plus six woodcuts. Portrait. Half title. 12mo. Original decorative brown cloth, gilt-stamped cover and spine. Cloth rubbed. Neat bookplate on front pastedown. Internally very clean. Very good. Mason Long's autobiography contains an early first-hand account of Francis Murphy's temperance movement. After enduring a childhood rife with abuse, and suffering many additional hardships as a soldier during the Civil War, Long was a prime candidate for alchoholism. Soon, Long was recognized as Fort Wayne, Indiana's leading drunk, largely on account of his operation of a lush gambling saloon. Drink and gambling eventually led to the loss of nearly all his possessions. When Francis Murphy's movement came to town, Mason's friends and neighbors, concerned for his well-being, encouraged him to sign Murphy's famous pledge and don the blue ribbon signifiying temperance. After much resistance, Long acquiesced, and his new- found restraint opened the doors for his conversion to Christianity. Long's narrative is filled with specific details of the popular appeal of Murphy's oratory, describing in particular how Murphy was able to capture the attention of nearly the entire town. An excellent early temperance item, offering insight into the movement that would grow quickly into Prohibition. DAB XIII, p.349.

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  • Eclipse [pseud]

    Published by London, 1890

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    [4],211,[1]pp. Original pictorial cloth. Head and toe of spine a trifle frayed, private library bookplate. Else very good. A scarce travel narrative, mostly concerning India and the Near East, but also the American West (pp.152-79). The author travelled from New York to Chicago and thence to Wisconsin, met Gen. Grant and Iroquois and Pawnee chiefs. The NUC locates only one copy, at PPL.

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  • Clark, George Rogers: Quaife, Milo, editor

    Published by The Lakeside Press R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co., Chicago, 1920

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    [2],xx,190,[4]pp. plus frontispiece portrait and one plate, each with printed tissue guard. 12mo. Dark green cloth, spine gilt, front board gilt-ruled with gilt-stamped publisher's logo center, t.e.g. Minor shelf wear. Ex-library copy with bookplate of Dartmouth College Library and deaccession stamp on front pastedown. Penciled date on title page verso, otherwise interior unmarked. Very good. Lakeside Press reprint of Clark's memoirs, with historical introduction by editor Milo Quaife. This is number eighteen in the Lakeside Classics series. Colonel George Clark was one of the most important figures in the American West during the Revolution, and his campaign in Illinois country is one of the main reasons that land came to the newborn United States in the Treaty of 1783. "Valuable for a knowledge not only of the events of the American occupation, but also of the conditions in the French villages and the character of the country at the time" - Buck. Clark was apparently not as talented a writer as he was a leader, on account of which Quaife chose to "undertake to turn [his account] into clear and grammatical English" with this Lakeside Press edition. FIELD 325 (ref). HOWES C433 (note). BUCK p.30 (ref).

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  • Farnham, Thomas J.

    Published by Greeley & McElrath., New York, 1843

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    112pp. Large octavo. Original printed wrappers. Lightest wear to wrapper edges, some light foxing, a few corners creased. Very good. Third edition, first published in 1841. An important early account of the Oregon country. The author went overland in 1839 to Bent's Fort and then north to the Oregon Trail. After a brief sojourn during which he gathered materials, he sailed for home via the Sandwich Islands. The book became an effective piece of propaganda for advocates of American control of Oregon. SABIN 23872. HOWES F50. WAGNER-CAMP 85:3. RITTENHOUSE 201 (ref). FIELD 525. REESE, BEST OF THE WEST 78 (ref).

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